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The French movement is of high quality and bears the stamp of the well known maker 'H & F Paris'.
Serial Number: 2805 and pendulum 1359
The clock has a brass and enamel dial, and a bell striking movement. The whole is inlaid with beautiful Boullework and applied with scrolled ormolu mounts.
Complete with original sunburst pendulum, bell and key.
It keeps really good time and is delightful to look at.
The clock has expertly been restored and is in working order. The boulle work is also in really excellent condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 39 x Width 20 x Depth 12
Dimensions in inches:
Height 15.4 x Width 7.9 x Depth 4.7
André-Charles Boulle(1642 – 1732), was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).
Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid paneling and the marquetery furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle's drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.
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